Iron Dawn: The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History

Iron Dawn: The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History

From acclaimed popular historian Richard Snow, who ?writes with verve and a keen eye? (The New York Times Book Review), the thrilling story of the naval battle that not only changed the Civil War but the future of all sea power. No single sea battle has had more far-reaching consequences than the one fought in the harbor at Hampton Roads, Virginia, in March 1862. The Confed From acclaimed popular historian Richard Snow, who ?writes with verve and a keen eye? (The New York Times Boo...

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Title:Iron Dawn: The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History
Author:Richard Snow
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Genres:History
ISBN:1476794189
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:395 pages pages

Iron Dawn: The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History Reviews

  • Mark
    Sep 18, 2018
    I thought I knew the story of the Battle of Hampton Roads, but of course there was a lot more to it. This book tells the tale wonderfully, with so much for an engineer like me to appreciate. ...
  • Patrick
    Aug 11, 2017
    This was excellent. I had read the barebones of this in larger American histories, but I knew almost nothing of the personalities and details of the construction and battles. The parallels of technology innovation in every era were interesting--both skeptics and optimists were too extr...
  • R.K. Byers
    Jun 26, 2018
    the battle was a draw and sadly, so seemed the book. ...
  • Carlos
    Jun 15, 2017
    This book was informative (if you are interested in the navy aspect of the civil war) , but I think it expanded too much and a lot of the attention was taken from the main point which was supposed to be the battle between the two ironclads from both the South (The Virginia) and the Nor...
  • Jeff
    Jun 26, 2018
    One of the best written and engaging non-fiction books that I've read in a long time. The book describes the creation of both the Monitor and the Merrimac (aka CSS Virginia), their famous battle, and their eventual destructions. The book only starts to lose steam in the last few chapte...
  • Literary Chic
    Jan 24, 2017
    A good history of the Monitor and the Merrimack during the Civil War. The author gives a thorough history of each craft, its creators and crew. Maps were provided, along with several pages of pictures. All in all - a great book about a Civil War battle that doesn't get the attention th...
  • Tyler
    Jun 13, 2019
    Ok, but probably went on too long for what it was. There's not an overall story really so it's just a bunch of sketches. It is full of little anecdotes which are good as color to history but they were so many they distracted my focus I couldn't get a good picture of the overall events....
  • Terry Tschann Skelton
    Jun 01, 2019
    In all my reading about the Civil War, there has been but brief mention of the iron-clads. Even when describing the battle in Hampton Roads, there was really no discussion of the ships or the men bringing them into being. This book filled in so many gaps in my education. (I'm 74, by th...
  • Brian
    Jul 28, 2017
    Very well written. I had a sense for the importance of the duel between the Monitor and the Merrimack, and some sense for Ericsson's innovation, but this book does a great job providing a more full story. Snow provides greater understanding of key figures such as Welles, Mallory, Bu...
  • Urey Patrick
    Aug 08, 2017
    This is a wonderful history focussed on a singular event - the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac. Snow takes us through the preceding events such as Ft. Sumter, the abandonment of Norfolk. He lays out the engineering and the R&D that went into the development of iron clad...
  • Jason Blythe
    Mar 01, 2017
    Wonderful book that gives you a great history of ironclads and the battle between The Monitor and Merrimack that helped change the history of naval battles. Probably the most interesting thing I learned in the book was that the only president to request and receive a patent from the US...
  • Bob Jarcik
    Feb 22, 2018
    A better understanding of our history ...
  • Steve Rzasa
    Jan 10, 2017
    What a wonderfully readable and informative book. Many historical writings fall prey to the curse of being boring, but Richard Snow presents this important piece of the Civil War with skill and scholarship. He's right up there with Nathaniel Philbrick in terms of talent. I highly recom...
  • Joe Vonnegut
    Aug 20, 2017
    A great book! I remember when I first learned the story of the Virginia and Monitor story and always wanted to know more; this books answered many of my questions. Snow begins the story with the bombardment of Sumter and the floating battery that influenced both sides into creating an ...
  • Matthew Sparling
    Apr 18, 2019
    Overall a good solid book about the whole story of the ships, people, and the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack. ...
  • Lance
    Jan 14, 2017
    Thorough and fascinating account of the Civil War Hampton Roads naval battle brings new light to a familiar subject. Snow is meticulous in his research, devoting chapters to such subjects as Nathaniel Hawthorne's visit to the Monitor after the battle and whether or not Merrimack should...
  • Dave Hoff
    May 13, 2017
    We've all heard of the Monitor and the Merrimack/Virginia battle. Snow goes into the background of both, the men who designed them, built them, outfitted them and sailed them. One battle, a draw and never again did either engage. The Merrimack was burned by Rebels when Norfolk fell to ...
  • Suzanne
    Jul 14, 2018
    For Civil War buffs, naval historians, and others interested in how things work, this book spends more time on the mechanics of the Monitor (Union) and the rebuilding of the CSS Virginia (aka Merrimack), the politics on both sides to get their respective ironclads built, and the men w...
  • David Eppenstein
    Jan 11, 2017
    While I give this book 4 stars it will probably not appeal to anybody that isn't a history nerd (guilty). It's not simply about the famous battle between the Civil War's two famous ironclads but about the evolution of naval technology and the change of traditions that had endured for c...
  • Jim Cooper
    Apr 30, 2017
    I knew the basics about the Monitor and the Merrimack - that they were ironclad boats that fought in the Civil War - but that was it. The whole story is really interesting and improbable! That the first two ironclad boats would spring up at the same time from two different navies and b...
  • Ernest Spoon
    Oct 11, 2017
    As is oft said the battle in Hampton Roads, VA between the Merrimac (CSS Virginia) and the USS Monitor spelled the end of the era when iron men sailed wooden ships. While strategically the March 9, 1862 duel between the worlds first ironclad fighting ships was a draw, Swedish-born engi...
  • Miles Smith
    Mar 25, 2017
    A wonderfully well-written and informative narrative surrounding the Battle of Hampton Roads. Snow tells the biography of a remarkable group of men and the technically ingenious ships that revolutionized naval warfare. The tone of the book is popular, and it lacks notes, but it is stil...
  • Jeremy Carter
    Jan 20, 2018
    Iron Dawn was a well-written account of the battle that changed Naval Warfare for years to come. The amount of detail he puts into showcasing the behind the scenes battles to get the Merrimack and the Monitor not only built, but out to sea. There was plenty of intrigue and behind the s...
  • Landofhistory
    Jun 09, 2017
    Publisher: Amberley 2016 Language: English ISBN-9781445663463 The crew of the USS Cumberland had never seen anything like the Merrimack. They had heard of it, but they didn't really associate it with a ship. Up until now they had been using words like Floating battery and on the 8...
  • Kenneth
    Sep 12, 2017
    I agree with the reviewer who compare the author to Nathaniel Philbrick , yes I would put the two in the same class. Though the battle of Hampton Roads lasted but three hours, Snow gives you a whole lot more than that. Here you get details of every angle about everything concerning the...
  • Steve Schinke
    Oct 17, 2017
    Informative and an easy read. I believe it was well researched and accurate. The only problem is history getting in the way of could have been a good piece of fiction. Real life is sometimes anti-climatic. ...
  • Chuck Barber
    Aug 23, 2018
    Bull Run, Shiloh, Antietam, Gettysburg. The Civil War is known for its land battles. And why not? The South barely had anything qualifying as a navy. But it was a sea battle that had the most impact on world history, making the entire world?s fleets obsolete. In Norfolk, a group o...
  • Jacob
    Feb 15, 2018
    Phenomenal book, well written and very informative. My appreciation for this historic battle has grown significantly because of this book. Highly recommend! ...
  • Dan Rosenblum
    Feb 07, 2018
    The author, a respected historian with a strong interest in naval history, has loved the story of the Monitor and the Merrimack since he was a child and has taken advantage of some remarkable preserved contemporary descriptions of this unusual "sea" battle near Newport News. What makes...
  • Bobsie67
    Jul 16, 2018
    Author tells a good story, although some awkward spots that could use a bit more editing. Nice to see some pictures of the Monitor and it's crew. Fun to learn about all the personalities involved in creating the ironclads Monitor and Merrimack (aka known as CSS Virginia). True nerds wi...